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National Urban League Honors UPS With Corporate Leadership Award

Submitted by: UPS

Categories: Community Development

Posted: Nov 09, 2003 – 11:00 PM EST


Nov. 09 /CSRwire/ - ATLANTA – In recognition of its longstanding support of the National Urban League, UPS (NYSE: UPS) has been selected to receive the coveted National Urban League Corporate Leadership Award. UPS Chairman and CEO Mike Eskew will accept the award during the Urban League’s 47th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Awards Dinner in New York on Nov. 11.

The award reflects the company’s overall commitment to the National Urban League and its affiliates around the country. UPS’s relationship with the Urban League dates to 1962.

“UPS firmly believes in the value of community engagement with partners such as the Urban League and because of our belief, this award means so much to the people of UPS,” said Eskew. “For more than four decades, UPS has worked with the Urban League to help empower people and make a difference in our communities. We continue to share the same core values and belief in equal opportunity. Together we can continue to make a positive impact.”

UPS is receiving the Corporate Leadership Award for its long history of partnership with the Urban League. The company supported the League’s Read and Rise literacy and reading outreach program, including underwriting production and distribution costs of radio public service announcements. The company also underwrote the printing of 500,000 copies of the Scholastic Inc./National Urban League free Read and Rise literacy guide, which users can order by calling a toll-free number featured in the PSA.

“UPS is a valued partner of the National Urban League and we are pleased to present the company with this award,” said Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. “Companies such as UPS believe in the principle of equal opportunity and provide both the human and financial resources necessary to affect change in our communities.”

During the awards dinner, UPS also will be inducted into the inaugural class of the National Urban League Five Million Hall of Fame, which recognizes companies that have contributed $5 million or more to support National Urban League initiatives.

Since 1989, UPS has been a leading corporate participant in the Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP). BEEP enlists African American executives to help provide African American college students with role models and perspectives about the world of business. UPS currently has approximately 100 managers participating in BEEP.

The Urban League honor is yet another recent recognition UPS has received for its efforts in diversity and social responsibility. Last year, the company received the NAACP’s Corporate Citizen of the Year award for its commitment to help build strong communities nationwide, and United Way of America's Spirit of America Award ®, the highest national honor for corporate involvement given by United Way.

In this year’s FORTUNE “World’s Most Admired” survey, UPS ranked first among all companies in the area of social responsibility. Also, for the fifth consecutive year, UPS ranked among the “50 Best Companies for Minorities” in the annual survey published by FORTUNE magazine.

UPS is the world’s largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services, offering an extensive range of options for synchronizing the movement of goods, information and funds. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. UPS's stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (UPS), and the company can be found on the Web at and

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